Thomas Built Buses redesigns EF cockpit

With an eye to the driver's experience, Thomas Built Buses has redesigned its Type D engine forward (EF) cockpit. The result is an updated look and improved function, with an array of updates to be incorporated in Saf-T-Liner EF models available in spring 2010. Among the updates are:

  • A redesigned engine cover allows belts and fluid levels to be checked without removing the cover and creates a roomier passenger entry. Engine access requires no tools.

  • Optimized driver's seat placement and dash size creates more knee room and enhances driver comfort.

  • The left side dash, previously metal, now is made of integrated plastic, with interchangeable plates to accommodate various switch requirements.

  • Switches and options are grouped by function. Air-conditioning, defroster, and driver's air and heater switches have been consolidated to the left of the driver. Passenger loading functions have been grouped to the right.

  • The radio has been moved from overhead to the dash.

Along with cockpit updates, Thomas Built improved electrical system functionality in the 2010 Saf-T-Liner EF and HDX models to enhance overall reliability, diagnostic capability, and packaging. At first glance, customers will see the streamlined and strategic routing of updated wire and harness packages.

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